Matt’s fin­ished but Sta­tus Quo pre­served

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Quo are part­ing com­pany with their drum­mer, who has de­cided to quit af­ter 12 years in the band. Matt Let­ley, who played his last show with the group last night at Lon­don’s O2 Arena, says his de­ci­sion to move on is not re­lated to a se­ries of re­u­nion shows fea­tur­ing past mem­bers. The group’s clas­sic orig­i­nal line-up will re­form next year as stal­warts Fran­cis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are re­joined by Alan Lan­caster and John Cogh­lan. The quar­tet will play live to­gether for the first time in three decades for five dates in the UK. Rossi and Parfitt will visit Aus­tralia next year with their tour­ing line-up, with shows in Bris­bane and at the By­ron Bay Blues­fest. ‘‘It’s been a fan­tas­tic jour­ney over the past 12 years or so but I have de­cided that now is the right time for me to leave Quo and move on to some­thing new,’’ Let­ley says. ‘‘No doubt there will be much con­jec­ture that this is some­how re­lated to the up­com­ing re­u­nion gigs but I’d like to as­sure ev­ery­one that it has no bear­ing on my de­ci­sion. In­deed I wish the guys ev­ery success with this tour and cer­tainly hope to come along to see one of the shows.’’ Rossi, Parfitt, Lan­caster and Cogh­lan were in the group when they adopted their name in 1967 and fea­tured on their break­through Top 10 hit Pic­tures Of Match­stick Men. The line-up was known as the ‘‘fran­tic four’’. Let­ley is full of praise for the band – whose hits in­clude Rock­ing All Over The World, Down Down and Caro­line – and its fans. ‘‘Most of all I thank the fans, with­out whom I should not have had the chance to play with one of the best rock and roll bands in the world,’’ he says.

Sta­tus Quo play the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on March 28 and the By­ron Bay Blues­fest on March 30.

Sta­tus Quo in Mel­bourne in 2000: John Ed­wards, Rick Parfitt, Fran­cis Rossi, de­part­ing drum­mer Matthew Let­ley and Paul Hirsh.

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